Former Clipstone player George Milner says he is thoroughly enjoying life in Scandinavia where he currenlty plies his trade with Norwegian side Valdres FK.
Milner was a big hit at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium due to his blistering pace, having progressed through the ranks with Chesterfield.
He made an impact in the second half of the 2015/16 season, making six appearances for Clipstone and scoring two goals before becoming a major part of the following campaign when he re-signed with the Cobras in a two-way deal with Buxton of the Evo-Stik League.
Milner featured in sixteen games, scoring six goals and earning five man-of-the-match awards, before going on to sign a professional contract in March with Valdres, who play in the fourth tier of Norwegian football.
He told Clipstone’s website: “I’m loving it in Norway, the people here are really friendly and helpful.
“At first, it was very cold when I got here which was March 28th. Initially, I was very homesick, not least because I was told on Sunday that I needed to fly out on Tuesday morning so everything happened so quickly and I didn’t really have time for it all to sink in.
“I live with three other lads – two from England and one from Sweden – so there is always something to do, if that is playing some golf, fishing, going on walks or bike rides, or just chilling out in our apartment watching TV and playing some FIFA.
“They are a good bunch of lads and they’re always making you laugh, which is nice.”
When asked about the standard of football and attendances in Norway, Milner answered: “The standard is very good over here.
“I was surprised at how good the standard actually is, there are some quality players in our team as well as other teams.
“Most of them could easily earn a professional contact in England.
“I would say it’s slightly better than the Evo-Stik League level, which is a very good level in England.
“The furthest travel to a game is about three-and-a-half hours away. Where I live, there are around 4,500-5,000 people so, at our games, we get a good attendance of 400 people watching, but we always get 75+ fans watching our away games which is superb.
“Depending on who we play in our league, some of the better supported teams have over 2,000 fans which is always nice to play against.”
Footage of Milner curling a beautifully crafted free-kick into the top left corner of the goal has been circulating on social media and he admits that was one of his highlights so far.
He added: “The other stand out moment for me was making my debut for Valdres in the first game of the season against the title favourites Eidsvold TF which we won 2-0.
“So, that was a proud moment for me and my family, and I hope there are many more moments like that to come in my career.”